By Garlands member, Bonnie Gekler I must say, even during the pandemic, I’m happy at in my Garlands home, and I never get bored. Up at 6:00AM and in bed at 10:00PM—the days FLY BY here at The Garlands. I’ve been able to carry on with a great number of things I’ve always done daily… Continue Reading My Garlands Home is My Castle!
During both her careers—initially as a technical writing professor and author at Iowa State University, and currently as a five-time published author of young-adult fantasy novels—Dorothy Winsor’s routines and writers’ groups have served as the beacons and buoys by which she steers her life as a writer. Since Dorothy and her husband Rich moved… Continue Reading The Garlands Resident Author Publishes Again!
At age 14, Garlands Member Anne Courter knitted her best friend Earle a pair of socks. When he went to college ahead of her, she knitted him a sweater. Fast forward several decades later and Anne has been knitting for their children (four), grandchildren (11), and great-grandchildren (18) ever since. Last year, she knitted an… Continue Reading Knitting a Family Even Closer
Research proves that being kind can regulate and boost your mood. If that’s the case, Garlands member Janet Fear must have moments of euphoria all day long! Janet, who grew up in Wales, saw a craft and thought, “THAT’s how you give a bottle of wine. How cheery.” A lifelong knitter, she dug… Continue Reading Getting Through COVID One Stitch at a Time
Garlands member, Marlene Peterson, once described as “a swan gliding across still waters,” is calm, thoughtful, kind-hearted and generous. What you see on the surface is a wonderful example of how beautiful a life of caring about others can be. What you don’t see is how fast those feet are paddling! Always a busy… Continue Reading A Glimpse Through the Window of a Beautiful Life
A pandemic is a fine time to read all the books on our wish lists. Never one to follow the crowd, Garlands member and artist Kathleen L. McCann took advantage of these past several months to write one! The Art of Kathleen L. McCann showcases many of Kathleen’s favorite or most meaningful paintings and the… Continue Reading The Fine Art of Writing (and Painting!)
When Garlands Member Peggy Clough retired after a 33-year career as an acute-care physical therapist (University of Michigan) and teacher (University of Wisconsin – Madison), she couldn’t wait to chase after all the intellectual topics she’d never had time to fully explore: The U.S. Constitution! Getting to the bottom of the question of women priests… Continue Reading Embracing the Opportunity to Learn MORE During COVID